Clemente is a tuition-free, university accredited program designed to help build aspirations and confidence through education. The program is open to anyone over the age of 17 who has encountered trauma or setback in their lives.
Students undertake a Certificate of Liberal Studies at no cost through ACU. Subjects such as Arts, Communication, Ethics, Political Science and Indigenous Australian history are offered.
Clemente aims to:
- make university education accessible to disadvantaged Australians
- enhance participants self-confidence through learning, bringing about personal change
- promote a positive view of the future for those who have been marginalised from society, enabling them to re-engage with society
- use the potential of education to change lives and promote social inclusion
- engage in collaboration with a range of organisations for the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.
An integral part of the Clemente program, and vital to its success, is the support, guidance and assistance students receive from volunteer learning partners and mentors throughout the course of their study.
On successful completion of four units, students are awarded a Certificate of Liberal Studies which can be used to apply for University entrance
The Clemente program in Queensland currently has two programs:
- Mixed Program (Aged 18 to 60+) ACU Banyo Campus – Wednesdays
- Young adults Program (Aged 17 to 30) South Brisbane – Thursdays:
There are two intakes each year in February and July.
For more information on the Clemente Program, click here.
You can also watch the following videos for more information about the benefits of the Clemente Program:
Clemente Brisbane operates in partnership between the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland, Australian Catholic University (ACU), Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, Micah Projects, and Common Ground.
For more information on how to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or 0419 502 531